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The car's owner held the would-be thief at gunpoint until police arrived.
WILLIMANTIC — A Walnut Street man used his legally-owned handgun to prevent a man from stealing his car, police said.
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"It is a reflection of America itself," President Barack Obama said. "A reflection of our history, the wars we've waged for democracy, the peace we've laid to preserve it."
President Barack Obama saluted Americans who died in battle Monday, saying the country must "never stop trying to fully repay them" for their sacrifices and noting the first Memorial Day in 14 years without U.S. forces involved in a major ground war.
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It was two years ago that Ed Cutler began his bench restoration mission, after reading a newspaper article about Marine Corps veteran Greg Caron, who lost both legs below the knee and suffered a severely damaged right arm while on patrol near a Taliban compound in Afghanistan in September 2011.

"I just thought, 'What a guy,' " Cutler said.
Army veteran Ed Cutler's patriotism shines in his eyes as he scouts dumps and roadside trash heaps for castaway park benches.
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In a display case in the lobby of Shepaug Valley High School, there are baseballs, hats, pictures and a glove that tell the story of a decorated athlete. There is a military uniform, awards and medals, and a burial flag that represent the life of an American hero.
WASHINGTON, Conn. — The display case sits in the lobby at Shepaug Valley High School, honoring the life of an alumnus.
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If you missed it, there were some incredible feats of strength at the XL Center this weekend.
Over the course of the last three days, athletes performed brutal events that test the range and depth of their capabilities at CrossFit's Eastern Regionals at the XL Center. ;While the event went on, a merchant and trade area also had products and activities for visitors aspiring to improve their lifting and CrossFit skills.
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Jesse Harrison of Rocky Hill died in April at 94, but his exploits during World War II live on in his memoirs.
ROCKY HILL — A familiar face will be missing at this year's Memorial Day parade.
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While the U.S. waged a war in Vietnam 50 years ago with 2.7 million men conscripted from every segment of society, less than one-half of 1% of the U.S. population is in the armed services today — the lowest rate since World War II.
Jovano Graves' parents begged him not to join the Army right out of high school in 2003, when U.S. troops were fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Photos: Manchester marked Memorial Day with a parade on Main Street and a ceremony at Center Memorial Park on Monday.
Manchester marked Memorial Day with a parade on Main Street and ceremony at Center Memorial Park in Manchester Monday.
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An estimated one-third of the U.S. food supply is pollinated by honeybees and other now-endangered pollinators such as Monarch butterflies. Federal officials said those crops represent an economic impact of $24 billion a year.
Connecticut lost an estimated 57.5 percent of its managed honeybees during the summer of 2014 and winter of 2015, according to a new survey. Preventing such staggering die-offs is the focus of a new federal plan aimed at helping the bees and butterflies that are crucial for pollinating the nation's crops.
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A firefighter in Oklahoma was swept to his death while trying to rescue 10 people in high water.
Record rainfall wreaked havoc across a swath of Texas and the Midwest on Sunday, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes and forcing at least 2,000 people to flee.
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Muscle cars, race cars and classics were all on display at Lime Rock on Sunday.
Lime Rock Race Park, in Lakeville, held its sixth annual Sunday Royals Car Show Sunday, May 24. The Memorial Day weekend season opening event included muscle cars, imports, street rods, motorcycles, classic cars and race cars. All vehicles ;were displayed along the Sam Posey Straight on the Lime Rock track.
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Veterans of the waterfront say the damage is the worst they've seen in decades.
GLASTONBURY ;— The deep freeze that gripped the Northeast last winter dealt a severe blow to marinas and yacht clubs: Ice snapped pilings in half, shredded wooden docks and left behind wreckage that many compare to the effects of a hurricane.
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The Hartford Courant was founded on October 29, 1764, as a weekly newspaper (The Connecticut Courant) and has never missed a publication since its inception. It's the newspaper in which George Washington placed an ad to lease part of his Mount Vernon land. Thomas Jefferson sued this newspaper for libel - and lost. And Mark Twain tried to buy stock in this paper but his offer was turned down.

The paper won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism for a series of stories on the flaws that plagued the Hubble telescope, and the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting for the in-depth coverage of the tragic events of the shooting at Connecticut Lottery headquarters.

In 2013, The Hartford Courant was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in the Breaking News category for "complete and sensitive coverage" of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., and for "using digital tools, as well as traditional reporting, to tell the story quickly while portraying the stunned community's grief."